What a difference between this July and last year.Last year at this time it was oh so very slow……and this year July has been a fantastic month. Usually it is all boat action but I am happy to report that the surfcasters are doing just as well. Again, over the last two days the fish have run the beach in the afternoons. Brendan, a Surfland employee was out front on his kayak Monday afternoon when the fish showed up. He caught a few schoolies using a SP Minnow and also a 30″ one. Also, plenty of the surfcasters on the beach were hooking up. A lot of these guys were casting metal and swimming lures. On Tuesday, Brendan again hit the front beach on his kayak and saw a lot of fish. The birds were working, bait fish jumping, lots of fish underneath. He got lots of strikes but didn’t manage to land anything. Tuesday he was south of parking lot 1 so there were no surfcasters there to report on. Again today he was south of lot 1 mixed in with boaters. He got two bluefish on a swimming lure. It looked like everyone there in their boat was also hooking into both bluefish and bass. This information has also be confirmed but a lot of boat fishermen. As soon as you get out the mouth head south, look for birds, and start casting or trolling.
The Kellys were down last night to fish the night along the oceanfront. Ed has reported this “Started fishing yesterday at about 8pm for the outgoing tide. Fish started hitting once complete darkness set in. We had a steady pick of keepers up to 15 lbs. We caught 16 keepers, then Tommy hooked the 28 pounder. Incoming tide brought nothing but schoolies. Left the beach at 2am. Went back in the am. Had large schools of bass chasing 3-4 inch herring. Boats were chasing them back and forth but saw very few hookups. No hookups on the beach. Bass wouldn’t hit anything and we and all the other fishermen tried it all!”
Also, the half day trips aboard The Captain’s Fishing Parties have been doing well. Jose Perez from Haverhill was out on July 9th and caught this 8-12 pounder while drifting mackerel. So, if that interests anyone you can contact The Captains here. They are another family run business here on Plum Island and we highly recommend them if you want to do some mackerel, striper, bluefish, or deep sea trips.